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Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 3 Available

Tuesday October 17th, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download. Users of previous release candidate builds can upgrade using the software update feature.

Release Candidate 3 includes several bug fixes resulting from feedback obtained from people using previous release candidate builds, and a few security and stability updates. For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Candidate 3 Release Notes.


#18 Re: Microsummaries

by leafdigital

Wednesday October 18th, 2006 5:11 AM

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They are almost entirely useless. (Also I'm against microformats in general as I believe they're a hacked-together obstruction to progress toward a properly defined XHTML+namespace world.)

However you have to expect things like that with open source software. It's up to individuals how they spend their time - I would assume that nobody got paid to write microsummaries, they did it because they liked them. And since it's a feature that - while of almost no use - is sort of cool and helps keep Firefox popular with the Web 2.0 trendsheep, and also doesn't do any particular harm to the interface, there's no reason not to include it.

To give an analogy which might help if you're not a programmer, imagine that you notice a local school has a poor-quality wooden sign. You happen to enjoy carpentry, so you volunteer to make them a new sign for nothing. Although the new sign wasn't particularly necessary, it's still nicer. But then some ungrateful sod comes along and complains, 'But why did you just spend several hours on useless stuff like a new sign? The toilets need cleaning, you should have done that!'

Fixing somebody else's 'long-standing technical bug' (not your fault, not an area you're interested in) is pretty much like cleaning the toilets.

--sam